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Yorkshire Terrier Health And Behavior Problems

Yorkshire Terrier Health And Behavior Problems

Like most pets, there are certain health and behavior problems associated with this breed of dog that you should address. They were originally used as hunting dogs, and Yorkies are normally healthy dogs but do suffer from a number of behaviour and health problems.

Yorkshire Terrier Training

These toy dogs are highly intelligent and respond well to training. They can be easily trained and make the perfect indoor pet, especially if you live in a small house or apartment. This is one of the reasons they have become such a popular pet in recent years, and are owned by a wide range of people. However, like most canines, the Yorkie can develop some bad habits and misbehave. Typical bad habits include barking, growling, nipping, digging, coprophagia and digging. To address these problems, it’s important as an owner, to train your dog as early as possible, before these habits become a routine.

Yorkshire Terrier Aggression Towards Other Animals

Your pet may seem to be tame and harmless. However, the Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred to hunt small rodents. It’s instinct to protect its territory. This can lead to a Yorkshire Terrier showing aggression towards other small pets and animals you may have. If you have more than one pet, you will need to address this problem in order to instill harmony between these animals.

Yorkshire Terrier Health Problems

The Yorkie has a lifespan of 14 to 16 years of age. Their lifespan can be increased if you follow the advice of your veterinarian. Giving them plenty of exercise and feeding them healthy food also helps to lengthen their lives.

The main health problems Yorkshire Terriers suffer from include diabetes, eye disorders, internal parasites and Luxated Patella. These health issues can become more serious if your dog is not checked by your veterinarian on a regular basis. There are many hidden dangers in the home, garden and yard. Because of a Yorkshire Terriers small size, you need to ensure that your house, garden and yard are safe to live and play in.

Separation Anxiety

Yorkshire Terriers are sociable animals, and love the attention of their owners. However, there will be times when you’ll have to leave your dog on its own. With the proper approach, leaving your Yorkie and returning to your home should not become a major event for your dog. If the problem is not addressed, it can lead to unnecessary anxiety and stress for your pet.